Jeff Rubin: Why the oil sands no longer make economic sense

jeffLost in the political fallout from President Barack Obama’s decision to once and for all reject Keystone XL is the fact that there is no longer an economic context for the pipeline. For that matter, the same can be said for any of the other proposed pipelines that would service the planned massive expansion of production from Alberta’s oil sands.

Whether it’s Shell’s decision to scrap its 80,000 barrel a day Carmon Creek project or earlier industry decisions to abandon the Pierre River and Joslyn North mines, the very projects that were going to supply all these new pipelines are being cancelled left and right. At today’s oil prices they no longer make any commercial sense. Western Canadian Select, the price benchmark for the bulk of oil sands production, is trading at $30 (U.S.) a barrel. That gives the oil sands the dubious distinction of being the lowest-priced oil in the world with one of the highest cost structures.

The key reason that Mr. Obama rejected the pipeline is that the U.S. market no longer needs Alberta’s oil sands. Thanks to the shale revolution which has doubled U.S. oil production over the past decade, the security of Canadian oil supply no longer has the same cachet as it once did in the U.S. market. In fact, the explosive growth in U.S. domestic production from fracking shale formations in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and the Permian Basin has spurred the American oil industry to actively lobby the Obama administration to remove the export ban that was imposed after the OPEC oil shocks.

But it’s not just the U.S. that doesn’t need the oil sands’ bitumen. Even if Alberta’s landlocked fuel could get to tidewater, it’s no more needed in foreign markets than it is in the U.S. market. Even world oil prices like Brent no longer justify any expansion of the resource. Worse yet, they signal the need for contraction.

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Register Now- Water scarcity: a new reality on BC’s “Wet Coast?”

See below for information from the BC Water and Wastewater Association:

You’re Invited: 
Water scarcity: A new reality on BC’s “Wet Coast”?

Networking event co-hosted by the BC Water and Wastewater Association and The POLS Project on Ecological Governance

10:00AM-12:15PM on December 3rd, Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo, BC

With water scarcity top of mind for many BC communities, join us at this informative networking event that looks at drought management in BC today, what changes are on the horizon with the Water Sustainability Act, and two island community perspectives – North Cowichan and North Salt Spring Island.

Join us for a morning of informative presentations:

  • Law reform and managing drought: Lessons from BC, California and elsewhere;
  • North Salt Spring Waterworks District: The governance aspects of water scarcity; and
  • Municipality of North Cowichan: The challenges of basin level water management planning.

Guest Speakers

Law reform and managing drought: Lessons from BC, California and elsewhere

Oliver M. Brandes, BA(H), DIP.RNS, M.ECON., JD

Co-Director & WSP Lead, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and Senior Research Associate, Centre for Global Studies

Kirk Stinchcombe, MES, MBA, PMP
Sustainability Specialist, Econics & Strategic Advisor, POLIS Water Sustainability Project

North Salt Spring Waterworks District: The governance aspects of water scarcity
Ron Stepaniuk
District Manager

Meghan McKee, Dipl. Tech., B.Sc. – EM
Environmental Manager

Municipality of North Cowichan: the challenges of basin level water
management planning

Robert Bell
Assistant Manager of Operations (Utilities)

For more information and to register, visit BCWWA’s webpage for the event here.


Project Spotlight Video on ACT

The Real Estate Foundation of BC, one of ACT’s core funders, has produced a Spotlight video featuring ACT’s work. Watch it now!

The video features ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford, ACT  Senior Water Adviser and co-author of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals for water Bob Sandford, and ACT Senior Policy Adviser and former BC Deputy Minister Jon O’Riordan.

We are honoured to work with the Foundation, which works tirelessly to support sustainable land and water use planning in BC.

If the above video does not load, you can also watch the video on YouTube.


Renewable Energy Is About Equality, Not Just Environment


Vancouver, Canada. Source: The Guardian; Josef Hanus/Alamy

Transitioning to renewable energy doesn’t just have benefits for our environment and for mitigating the worst effects of climate change. It will also lead to a world that is more equal and just for all people.

From The Guardian:

“Changing our energy system is about more than replacing fossil resources with sun and wind. In fact, the economic model for renewables is completely different: 100% renewable energy can lead us to a more equal distribution of wealth.

“The differences start in the way our energy system is structured. The fossil fuel-based energy system is characterised by complex, centralised infrastructures where the fuel is transported to the power plant, and energy production and distribution is controlled by very few entities. The supply chain is vertical, and the benefits are shared only among a few stakeholders.

“Most renewable energies offer opportunities for more decentralised energy production and consumption. They have a horizontal supply chain and require innovation in infrastructure and energy markets. New stakeholders – including citizens, farmers and small businesses – are entering the system. They claim ownership rights and have direct impacts on the implementation.”

To continue reading this story -which includes three examples of regions which are transitioning boldly to renewable energy- click here.

ACT has done work on the linkages between climate change and social policy. Find our report on this topic at this link.


Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General

An Exxon Mobil refinery in Los Angeles, Calif. The New York attorney general is investigating the oil and gas company. Credit T. Fallon/Bloomberg, via Getty Images

An Exxon Mobil refinery in Los Angeles, Calif. The New York attorney general is investigating the oil and gas company. Credit T. Fallon/Bloomberg, via Getty Images

The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business.

According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon Mobil, demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents.

The investigation focuses on whether statements the company made to investors about climate risks as recently as this year were consistent with the company’s own long-running scientific research.

The people said the inquiry would include a period of at least a decade during which Exxon Mobil funded outside groups that sought to undermine climate science, even as its in-house scientists were outlining the potential consequences — and uncertainties — to company executives.

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Kids Sue Over Climate Change And A Judge In Wash. State Is Listening

Kids filled the benches of King County Superior Court before Judge Hollis R. Hill to hear oral arguments about climate change, on November 3rd, 2015. BELLAMY PAILTHORP KPLU

Kids filled the benches of King County Superior Court before Judge Hollis R. Hill to hear oral arguments about climate change, on November 3rd, 2015.

Kids packed a courtroom in Seattle on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in a case about their future. Eight young teenagers are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state Department of Ecology. They want to force action on climate change.

“It just feels like there’s not enough people who care about, like, animals and other things that can’t talk for themselves – babies who haven’t been born yet, people from the future, basically,” said 13-year-old Lara Fain.

She’s one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which says the State Department of Ecology isn’t doing enough to limit the carbon pollution that causes global warming. 15-year-old Aji Piper agrees.

“It is my future,” he said. “You know, there’s these things that you just – you lose them and then it’s really hard to get them back.”

Their arguments are part of the lawsuit filed in Washington, one of dozens of suits filed and actions taken in every state and against the federal government, by a non-profit called Our Children’s Trust.

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Canadian Water Resources Association 2015 Conference

Check out the information below about the CWRA-BC Branch’s 2015 Conference, which takes place November 18th and 19th in Richmond: 

Keynote Speaker 


Emanuel Machado, CAO Town of Gibsons

The Gibsons Experience – Nature is our most valuable infrastructure

“Our rationale is that the natural services provided by these systems, in the form of rainwater management, flood control and water purification, have tangible value to the community as, or more, effective as engineered infrastructure”

Emanuel’s passion and commitment to creating sustainable communities is evident in his work in the Town of Gibsons, by combining the Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan and Sustainability Plan to create a hybrid document that balances economic development, the natural environment, and social well-being. It is this integration and balance that has been the key element of his work.

More recently, Emanuel has been developing a program for the Town of Gibsons, called Eco-Assets, which recognizes the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community’s natural assets.

Come learn why the Town of Gibsons is becoming one of Canada’s first municipalities to explore managing the natural capital in their community.

Register Now:

Registration information can be found here: http://cwrabc.ca/conference/registration

The Canadian Water Resources Association BC Branch conference is being held 

 November 18th and 19th in Richmond BC on the theme of 

“Floods, Droughts and Everything in Between”


Students and Young Professionals

 We are still accepting abstracts for our PechaKucha session!

 Presentations will consists of simply showing 20 slides for 20s each, which is an informal and fun way to share your work/research project with the water resources community!

Submit a brief summary (i.e. 100 – 200 words) of your research work or project here:http://cwrabc.ca/conference/syp-events-and-info

Perk: For students having trouble finding the funds/time to attend the whole conference, we are offering a discount conference registration rate to present in the PechaKucha Session. For $75 you can attend the afternoon of your presentation & take part in networking events.


Canada’s New Federal Cabinet: Minister of Environment and Climate Change


Source: DeSmog Canada

This morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his new cabinet. Among the most exciting news is that the Minister of Environment title now includes Climate Change. What does the appointment of new MP Catherine McKenna to this file mean for climate change action in Canada?

From DeSmog Canada: 

Leaders in Canada’s environmental community are expressing optimism about the appointment of lawyer Catherine McKenna as Minister of Environment and Climate Change at a swearing in ceremony in Ottawa Wednesday morning.

“Including climate change in the environment minister’s title signals how high a priority this issue is to our new federal government,” said Merran Smith, executive director of Clean Energy Canada.

As a lawyer, McKenna focused on international trade and competition and co-founded a charity focused on advancing human rights in the developing world.  She was also a legal adviser and negotiator for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor. A video on her website shows her biking around Ottawa with her three children.

Although her background isn’t heavily weighted to environment and climate change, Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, said it’s a good appointment.

“I’m impressed with the NGO experience, which suggests a very different approach to working with environmental NGOs like Pembina,” Whittingham told DeSmog Canada. “It indicates a more engaging, communicative, collaborative approach, reading the tea leaves right now.”

McKenna pulled off an upset on Oct. 19, defeating popular NDP MP Paul Dewar to win her seat in Ottawa Centre. She will lead a Canadian delegation to Paris later this month for a critical United Nations meeting to negotiate a new agreement on cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.

“I think she has just the right kind of experience,” said Louise Comeau, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada. “We’ve moved beyond the science and even the economic dimensions on climate change. This is now about the issues of justice and fairness and I think she’s well positioned to deal with that.”

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Hurt Environment

Shark fins, which are overharvested for soup, dry on the roof of a factory in Hong Kong.  Source: Antony Dickson, AFP/Getty, National Geographic

Shark fins, which are overharvested for soup, dry on the roof of a factory in Hong Kong.
Source: Antony Dickson, AFP/Getty, National Geographic

From National Geographic: 

“The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership is a huge pact that would govern about 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product and one-third of world trade, said Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The agreement involves a sprawling cast of countries: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

The NRDC joined with the Sierra Club and WWF in criticizing the leaked draft of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange said proved the chapter was “a toothless public relations exercise with no enforcement mechanism.””

These groups have the following concerns about the TPP:

  • It lacks basic environmental protections 
  • It does not regulate against overfishing
  • It does not take a strong enough stance against illegal wildlife products
  • It does not go far enough in preventing illegal logging

To read more on this story, click here. 

Many Canadian groups are also expressing concern over environmental, as well as other, impacts of the TPP. The Council of Canadians provides an overview of these concerns here. 


Fighting to Keep Coal in the Ground, Montana Activists Score a Global Victory Against Climate Change

Otter Creek Valley. (Photo by Alexis Bonogofsky)

Otter Creek Valley. (Photo by Alexis Bonogofsky)

If you are concerned about the climate, you should be paying attention to what is happening in southeast Montana.

To avoid catastrophic climate change, a recent study in the journal Nature found that 92 percent of coal reserves in the United States must stay in the ground to keep global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. Montana has the largest amount of recoverable coal in the United States, close to 120 billion tons – almostone-quarter of known US reserves.

Arch Coal, a major US coal mining and processing company, has been pushing hard to gain access to Montana’s coal reserves since 2010.

“Montana could be the energy capital of the United States if the state government and the state’s community desire that to happen,” Arch Coal CEO Steven Leer told the Billings Gazette in 2010 after his company leased 1.5 billion tons of coal in the Otter Creek Valley in southeast Montana.

To this day, however, no permits have been issued for a coal mine in Otter Creek.

The mining project does not suffer from a lack of support from Montana’s politicians or from a regulatory environment unfriendly to their ambitions. What they suffer from is a severe lack of community support. There is a dedicated community of people in southeast Montana who fiercely love their land and have organized quietly and resolutely, keeping billions of tons of coal in the ground. Their repeated victories in bringing ranchers, Northern Cheyenne tribal members, Amish farmers and others together to fight the coal mines constitute one of the most inspiring – and most overlooked – stories of climate change activism in this decade.

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Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate.’ Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Children are being prepared for evacuation in warships already some have choked to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate.’ Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing to explain why it was happening or how it might be stopped. Then they would ask their financial correspondents how the disaster affected share prices, before turning to the sport. As you can probably tell, I don’t have an ocean of faith in the industry for which I work. What I did not expect was that they would ignore it.



Heatwaves – A Global Threat to Human Health and Habitation From Climate Change


A brutal heatwave affected players and fans alike at the 2014 Australian Open.

Fourth in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement.

By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher.

I recently relocated to Melbourne, Australia without much knowledge of the regional climate. Over the winter, which was mild but not much warmer than an average February in Vancouver, I was warned repeatedly by locals about the extreme temperatures that can occur in the summer. On cool, grey days, this was hard to imagine – but one recent spring day that reached 36 degrees signaled what is yet to come.

Tennis fans will remember last year’s Australian Open, when an unprecedented heatwave saw temperatures rise above 40 degrees for three days running. Many players and 1,000 spectators were treated for heat stress. Matches had to be cancelled because conditions were so dangerous. The Australian Climate Council has found that the frequency of heatwaves in Australia is “projected to increase significantly” and ties the extreme temperatures during the tennis tournament directly to climate change. During periods of extreme heat in Australia’s major cities, elderly and low income residents living in energy inefficient homes without modern air conditioning are at particular risk.

Heatwaves may have been freak occurrences in the past, but they are becoming increasingly common in many places around the globe, with serious implications for human health. A new study in Nature has found that, by 2070, the Gulf in the Middle East, the centre of the global oil industry, will experience heatwaves “beyond the limit of human survival” if climate change continues at the current rate. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and coastal cities in Iran will suffer extreme heatwaves, more intense than any ever experienced on Earth. After 2070, the hottest days in current climatic conditions will become routine, essentially rendering the region uninhabitable for residents without access to air conditioning. In a recent Guardian article, the study’s authors noted, “Under such conditions, climate change would possibly lead to premature death of the weakest – namely children and the elderly.”

Heatwaves are deadly. Extreme temperatures in Europe in 2003 killed 30,000 vulnerable people and in Russia in 2010 50,000 people perished from respiratory illnesses and heat stress. Both incidents have been linked to climate change. This isn’t an entirely foreign concept for some Canadian cities; Toronto and Montreal regularly experience summer temperatures in the high 30s, and medical health officers routinely issue warnings to the elderly and families with children to take precautions.

There is still time to avert a rise in extreme and extended heatwaves in the Middle East and elsewhere. Global action to reduce carbon emissions would mean that temperatures in the region would experience much smaller rises. “The [Gulf] countries stand to gain considerable benefits by supporting the global efforts” to mitigate emissions, said the researchers. So do other climate laggards, such as Australia and Canada.

As some regions become uninhabitable as we creep towards 2070, without significant action on reducing emissions we can expect intensifying instances of migration to cooler parts of the globe as people try to escape the health effects and high costs of extreme heat. In some countries, this will mean moving internally to more temperate areas; in others, it may eventually mean complete abandonment of certain regions. Where will those escaping extreme heat go, and how will their movements impact arrival cities and regions?

Countries like Canada with lots of room, water, and social services plus less likelihood of the kind of extremes that are projected for the Middle East should begin now to consider their options – especially considering the crisis unfolding in the EU as Syrian people arrive in the thousands, partly due to drought.


Research Opportunity: Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

pcic_header3Read below for a research opportunity with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) and the Canadian Network for for Regional Climate and Weather processes:

The Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes (CNRCWP) is a collaborative partnership between seven Canadian Universities (Montreal, McGill, Calgary, Victoria, Northern British Columbia, Waterloo, Saskatchewan), two partner organizations (Ouranos, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium), and four Canadian Government labs of Environment Canada (CCCma, RPN, CPS, CDAS).

Canada’s Nordic and the Arctic regions offer challenges to Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and climate projection, due to complex processes and feedbacks between various components of the climate system. A better understanding of these regional climate processes and interactions is crucial to improving the quality of both climate projection and NWP for this region. CNRCWP will exploit the added value of high-resolution models on climate and weather simulations, in particular in the representation of extremes, afforded as a result of the improved representation of physical processes, feedbacks and interactions through a Regional Earth System Modelling approach. Activities are organized  around in the following three themes: 1) specific weather and climate phenomena permitted by high-resolution simulations, 2) statistical extremes allowed by fine mesh and land-atmosphere feedbacks and 3) land surface processes enhanced by improved representation of surface heterogeneity.

Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Researcher for a 2-year position that will be located at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC). The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) was created to assess climate impacts in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. The goals of the Consortium are to foster collaborative research, to strengthen the capacity to address regional climate change and variability, and to provide the scientific basis for policy development. PCIC is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change. Through collaboration with climate researchers and regional stakeholders, PCIC produces knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning.

Postdoctoral Researcher

A two-year Postdoctoral Research position is available for a highly qualified individual to undertake research in support of the theme statistical extremes allowed by fine mesh and land-atmosphere feedbacks, focusing in particular on projected changes in precipitation extremes. Particular objectives of the position will include research on changes in probable maximum precipitation and future intensity duration frequency curves. The position will be located at the University of Victoria and will be jointly supervised by Prof. Francis Zwiers (PCIC) and Dr. Xuebin Zhang (Climate Data and Analysis Section, Environment Canada). To be considered, applicants will have held their PhDs for less than 5-years at the time of acceptance of the offer employment.  The position is available immediately and will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


  • PhD in climatology or a related discipline
  • Aptitude and demonstrated ability to apply and interpret sophisticated statistical methods in climate science
  • Demonstrated research potential
  • Graduate training and/or research experience in one or more of the study of climate extremes represented in global and regional climate models, evaluating climate models, or the study extreme precipitation is an asset
  • Experience and ability in manipulating and analyzing very large datasets
  • Experience and/or desire to work on interdisciplinary projects and with interdisciplinary teams
  • Capable of working in a self-directed manner and within a team environment.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to Ms. Shelley Ma, climate@uvic.ca, with “ATTN: CNRCWP Postdoctoral Researcher” in the subject line.

Additional information

Address enquiries to Prof. Francis Zwiers and Dr. Xuebin Zhang, climate@uvic.ca.


Imagine if Exxon had told the truth on climate change

A woman protests outside the building where the annual ExxonMobil shareholders’ meeting is held in Dallas. Photograph: LM Otero/AP

A woman protests outside the building where the annual ExxonMobil shareholders’ meeting is held in Dallas. Photograph: LM Otero/AP

Like all proper scandals, the #Exxonknew revelations have begun to spin off new dramas and lines of inquiry. Presidential candidates have begun to call for Department of Justice investigations, and company spokesmen have begun to dig themselves deeper into the inevitable holes as they try to excuse the inexcusable.

As the latest expose instalment from those hopeless radicals at the Los Angeles Times clearly shows, Exxon made a conscious decision to adopt what a company public affairs officer called “the Exxon position.” It was simple: “Emphasise the uncertainty.” Even though they knew there was none.

Just think what might have happened differently if, in August of 1988, the “Exxon position” had been “tell the truth”.

That was a few months after Nasa scientist James Hansen had told Congress the planet was heating and humans were the cause; it was amid the hottest American summer recorded to that point, with the Mississippi running so low that barges were stranded and the heat so bad that corn was withering in the fields. Imagine, amid all that, Exxon scientists had simply said: “Everything we know says Hansen is right; the planet’s in serious trouble.”

No one would, at that point, have blamed Exxon for causing the trouble — instead it would have been hailed for its forthrightness. It could have begun the task of finding alternatives to hydrocarbons, and the world could have done the same thing. This would not have been an easy job: the world was utterly dependent on coal, gas and oil. But it would have become our planet’s single-minded job. With Exxon — largest company on Earth, heir to the original oil baron, with tentacles reaching around the world — vouching for the science, there is no way we would have wasted 25 years in fruitless argument.

Students would not have — as we speak — to be occupying administration buildings from Tasmania to Cambridge, because the fossil fuel companies would long since have become energy companies, and divesting from them would not be necessary.

More urgently, rapid development of renewables might well have kept half of Delhi’s children — 2.5 million children — from developing irreversible lung damage.

The rapid spread of decentralised renewable technology might have kept oil and gas barons like the Koch Brothers from becoming, taken together, the richest man on Earth, and purchasing America’s democracy.

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Young Conservative of the Year Amelia Telford calls for the energy revolution ahead of Paris climate conference

Amelia Telford, a Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads, is the Young Conservationist of the Year. Photo: James Brickwood Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/young-conservationist-of-the-year-amelia-telford-calls-for-the-energy-revolution-ahead-of-paris-climate-conference-20151028-gkl01j.html#ixzz3q0zNBASD  Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook

Amelia Telford, a Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads, is the Young Conservationist of the Year. Photo: James Brickwood

In 2013, Amelia Telford approached then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd while dressed up as Nemo to ask him “how he was going to protect my home, as a clown fish in the Great Barrier Reef”.

This year the 21-year-old has another message for the Prime Minister, though this time it’s for Malcolm Turnbull, and she’s talking about much more than the reef.

“People who have the power of decision making [must be] thinking about the impacts their decisions have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, specifically around approving new fossil fuel projects and how our communities are being devastated,” she said.

“We need to get the energy revolution started.”

A Bundjalung woman from Tweed Heads, Ms Telford was named the Australian Geographic Society’s Young Conservationist of the Year on Wednesday.

Ms Telford is a member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and founder and director of Seed, a network of young Aboriginal people fighting for climate justice.

With little more than a month until the United Nations Paris climate conference, Ms Telford and her colleagues have all eyes on the government.

“It’s really disappointing to see such a lack of ambition in what we are taking to Paris,” she said.

“It’s embarrassing for Australia, because we are one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world and we have the science and technology available to actually be powered by renewable energy, but there are other countries doing so much better than we are.”

“The people of Australia want to see action. So if that means starting the transition ourselves by getting solar panels on the roofs of high schools and hospitals, showing the government what true leadership looks like and leaving them with no choice but to follow, I guess that’s the path we will have to go down, and already have.”

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Event During Climate Forum: Hill Times Policy Briefing

hill times event

If you will be in Ottawa November 12th, check out this event as part of the Canadian Climate Forum.

This free Hill Times exclusive reader event will assemble a provocative panel to discuss the politics of Canada’s policy on climate change.

Global political leaders are coalescing to address climate change and carbon pricing. In October, China agreed to match the U.S. commitment of $3.1 billion and will become a climate financier. Last summer, the G7 vowed to create a carbon neutral energy system by 2050, and the G20 leaders are under considerable pressure to be forward leaning as they meet a few weeks before COP21.

Will Canada’s policy be changing as a result of mounting global pressure? How do the new players and politics play into Canada’s policy? What role does industry play? These are some of the questions that our panel will address during this important discussion.

For more information click here.

Hon. Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Dr. Thomas Pedersen, Chair, Canadian Climate Forum
Hon. Sergio Marchi, President, Canadian Electricity Association
Catherine Clark, Journalist and Communications Consultant
When: Thursday, November 12 – 4:00 PM
Where: Westin Hotel Ottawa
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